Sarah Lawrence College President Among Top 200 Paid In U.S.

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Sarah Lawrence College President Karen Lawrence was the nation’s 160th highest paid president at a private college as of 2011.
Sarah Lawrence College President Karen Lawrence was the nation’s 160th highest paid president at a private college as of 2011. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Karen Lawrence, President of Bronxville's Sarah Lawrence College, was the nation’s 160th highest paid president at a private college as of 2011, according to the Chronicle of High Education’s annual study.

For 2011, Lawrence’s annual total compensation was $537,697, of which her base pay accounted for $341,140.

The study, which breaks down the presidents into “comparison groups,” ranked Lawrence’s pay third among presidents at similar private colleges.

She made $97,756 less than the highest-paid president of a similar institution. The median pay for presidents in this peer group was $375,960.

Lawrence was named the 10th president of the college in 2007. She was previously the Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.

According to the college, Lawrence attended Smith College for two years and received her B.A. degree in English, magna cum laude, from Yale University, where she was among the first women to graduate from Yale when it became coeducational.

The Chronicle’s study uses data from federal tax documents to rank compensation for the 2011 fiscal year, the most recent date available. It ranks 550 presidents.

To see the The Chronicle of Education’s entire list, click here.

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Since Sarah Lawrence is one of the most expensive schools in the nation it makes sense that the president of the school makes a good salary; good for her.